Dylan’s Song To Woody

I’m out here a thousand miles from my home /

Walkin’ a road other men have gone down

-From Bob Dylan’s “Song To Woody,” from his 1962-album, Bob Dylan

It’s so easy to forget who/what came before your hero(es).

Bob Dylan is one of the greatest songwriters that has ever lived. But someone came before him. Someone influenced him. Someone made him care.

That man is Woody Guthrie.

From a 1985 BBC interview I came across in the book Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, Dylan shares,

“He had a sound…[and] something that needed to be said…I was completely taken over by him. By his spirit, or whatever. You could listen to his songs and actually learn how to live, or how to feel…Woody Guthrie was who he was because he came along in the time he came along in. For me he was like a link in a chain. Like I am for other people, and we all are for somebody.”

And take time to listen to Dylan read his poignant poem “Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie.” Words can be read here.

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4 thoughts on “Dylan’s Song To Woody

  1. How does somebody from your generation even come up with so many interesting, off the beaten path, subjects to take on? I read the other day that as far as mechanical songwriting royalties go the three biggest writers of 2009 were Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan, & Michael Jackson. Who’da thought?

  2. Thanks man. I really appreciate that. And thanks for reading.

    Very interesting about the three biggest songwriters of 2009.

    John Clore

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